This post is a follow-up to the Meetup event to which I referred in my Beaver Builder plugin and theme demo with my site at the 2016-09-03 Meetup post.

Jacques installed the Headway theme from Headway Themes (Vesped Inc.) along with the Beaver Builder page builder plugin and the CSS Hero visual CSS editor plugin.

That caught me off guard as I was expecting and had prepared to use the Beaver Builder theme.

As it turned out, I found the Headway theme v4 to be an excellent choice and got underway learning how to use it. The more I learned, the more I saw the value of this framework.

Everything was going well until I read the Headway Theme’s Future is Uncertain Amidst Financial Troubles | WordPress Tavern post and the Headway Themes (warning: do not buy) | Reddit thread. Then a colleague told me that he thought that v4 was being rolled back to a beta and that he was disappointed in theme’s support. He said he regretted buying the theme. That didn’t kill it for me but it put a dent in my confidence in it.

Now I’m evaluating another combination, the one recommended by Colin Cartwright in The Dynamik Beaver‘s about page; namely:

  1. Genesis Framework | StudioPress
  2. Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis, a premium Genesis child theme, and
  3. Genesis Extender Plugin, compatible with all Genesis child themes

More to follow.

Updated 2016-09-16.

In preparation for Jacques
‘s WordPress Demos, Tips and Tutorials | WPTO Meetup on 2016-09-03 (Saturday), I drafted some text, collected a set of images, created several pages and found examples of pages I liked and wanted to use as a model.

Beaver Builder plugin product icon image.Briefly, my humble site is a demo site for the Meetup. Jacques will install the Beaver Builder plugin, Beaver Builder theme and the CSS Hero plugin. Then he will build a new home page using the text and images I have prepared.

I appreciate Jacques assistance and the two plugins and send a thanks to Colin Cartwright for contributing the theme.

My preparatory tasks consisted of:

  1. a draft of the new home page Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! text
  2. a set of images
  3. a list the pages which are similar to the one I have in mind
  4. add a plugin to put the site in maintenance mode
  5. backup the files and database as usual
  6. create an admin login for Jacques to use for the work

I selected the most popular of the several plugins, WP Maintenance Mode | WordPress Plugins. It was easy to configure. I worked out the page’s text in a few minutes. I turned on the timer feature.

I added the images to the Media Library. My first thought had been to upload the set to Google Drive or Dropbox but then realized that they would end up in the Media Library in due course. It’s easier to delete the ones not needed than to add them one by one during the demo.

To describe the new home page design I want is difficult in text so the following are examples to analyze, deconstruct and

  1. Electrical Web Solutions, About
  2. WordPress Page Builder Plugin | Beaver Builder
  3. Copyblogger – Content Marketing Mastery
  4. Rainmaker Platform
  5. Mautic, Products |

Second version:

  1. Parallels
  2. Diverse Website Strategies, the developer of WordPress Office 365
  3. Thrive Services

This is going to be a blast.

WordCamp Toronto 2016 banner image.

When I read the Seth Godin quote in Andy McIlwain’s
Content Creator’s
page, I said to myself “Wow, that’s me.”

I looked at the variety of things I’d written in the last few
weeks and realized for the umpteenth time that it was a treasure trove and that
I must resume publishing in earnest.

I can’t imagine a quotation or precept more applicable to me
than that.

I’m chagrined.

On the other hand, I recognize and derive great
solace from the fact that this is endemic to all creative activity. In short,
everyone fears ridicule, disappointment and criticism. “Shipping” is an
invitation to all three.

Moreover, where the deadline is arbitrary, the fear is

The best way to overcome it is …. well, there isn’t a way.
It’s a condition and overcoming it today has no real likelihood of reducing it’s
incidence tomorrow. The only thing that can be accomplished is to blunt its impact
through repetition. Shipping leads to more shipping which leads to more shipping
and so on. You see what I mean.

Richard Harbridge is a SharePoint expert whose presentations are superb in both their technical and educational qualities. He has technical expertise that he can deliver in a compelling and understandable fashion.

Granted, a PowerPoint slide deck is a poor representation of a person delivering a presentation. Still, it gives you an idea of his thinking process. So I can recommend his Is SPFest Chicago one, Your SharePoint Healthy? What's The Right Prescription?.

Apart from its value on the topic itself, the presentation is an excellent example of a key promotional technique for consultants. It offers a diagnostic technique that enables you to evaluate your SharePoint facility. In doing so, it describes a service that Richard offers as well as represents the kind of work that he does. It's a soft sell and very effective.

I attended a day long workshop on information architecture that Richard conducted with Ruven Gotz at the SharePoint Summit 2012 in May about which I intend to write in October — stay tuned.

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This post marks my return to active WordPress blogging n the occasion of the WordCamp Toronto 2012 event.

Taking my own advice — the best way to write is to just start writing — I will get going with this post and continue with posts on some of the things I found noteworthy at WordCamp this year.

In reviewing the WordCamp schedule, I see the three streams and their lists of sessions and the page with the individual sessions but no schedule that shows all the sessions so that they can be compared and sessions from each stream selected. In other words, the table listing the sessions (rows) by streams (solumns) is missing.

Otherwise, I like the site and its clean and well-organized layout. The speakers are given the prominence they're due and the featured ones is an effective promotional technique.

So far, so good!

More to come ….

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This post is the text of a presentation to the 2010-12-04 session of the WordPress Toronto Meetup group. Note that the local links do not work (yet). I will either fix or remove them by 2010-12-06 (48 hours).

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WordPress Toronto Meetup 2010-12-04

Robin Macrae (

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Men Are Doomed
, David Brooks expressed the opinion that Western linear thinking was less valid than the Asian contextual and associational style.

I found the following excerpt to be something worth pondering:

Asians place emphasis on context
while Westerners place more emphasis on individuals. This seems like a gross
generalization but it is robustly supported by hundreds and hundreds of
studies. Richard Nisbett’s book,
The Geography of Thought summarizes some of the evidence.

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There is a pending next session idea, OWL 2 – Newly Adopted Standard, in the The Toronto Semantic Web Meetup Group (William Mougaya).

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I enjoyed the 2010-07-18 session in part because, as a group, we have now met three or four times now and the social and collaborative aspects are starting to kick in. Although we expected attendance to drop, in fact we had a good sized group which was a healthy mixture of regulars and new people.

Why don't we consider moving to a twice monthly format?

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